Attorneys for People Injured in Old Dominion Freight Line Trucking Accidents
Earl and Lillian Congdon founded Old Dominion Freight Line in 1934, operating a single truck in Virginia. Over the decades, the freight line has transformed into a global transportation company and LTL (less than load) freight delivery service with over 20,000 employees.
During World War II, Old Dominion freight line increases business traveling between Norfork, Virginia and Richmond Virginia. Throughout the 1970s, the company extended its coverage to Southern in northeastern Regents by acquiring White Transport, Nilson Motor Express, Deaton Trucking, Star Transport, and Barnes Truck Line. During the early 1980s, after the Congressional deregulation of the trucking industry, the freight line extended services to Chicago, Dallas, California, Tennessee, and Florida.
In 2018, Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company generated an annual gross revenue of $3,304,000,000. Today, the company operates 235 services centers throughout the Continental United States and as a part of the Smart Way Transp. Partnership collaboration that shares logistics, carriers, and freight shippers. Currently, the more than 10,080 truck drivers operate 874 trucks throughout North America. The company does not transport hazardous materials.
Old Dominion freight line, Inc.
500 Old Dominion Way
Thomasville, NC 27360
(336) 889-5000 (phone)
(336) 822-5235 (fax line)
Website Address https://www.odfl.com/
Old Dominion Freight Line is primarily a Truckload (LT) carrier, meaning the company delivers one truckload containing similar products, goods, and materials to multiple locations. This type of trucking is the opposite of an LTL (less than truckload) carrier with a mixed freight.
Old Dominion Freight Line Accidents
Fatality crashes involving large commercial vehicles have increased every year for decades. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there more highway deaths every year than ever before. Out of the 36,560 people who died and highway and traffic accidents in America during 2018, over 5000 involved large commercial trucks.
Old Dominion Freight Line, like all large commercial truck companies, deals with hundreds of accidents with and without injuries and fatalities each year. These accidents are often the result of substantial demand to ensure that the delivery is made on schedule. Unfortunately, this demand places significant stress on truckers wanting to arrive on time. As a result, truck drivers and other motor/passengers are often at risk due to the trucker's fatigue from working long hours. A small sampling of Old Dominion Freight Line accidents include:
- Fatal Accident on June 25, 2019 - The Washington State Patrol reported a deadly accident that occurred on State Route 161 in Puyallup, Washington. The report indicates that an Old Dominion Freight Line single unit truck collided with another motor vehicle on a divided two-way road during daylight hours, resulting in a fatality.
- Fatal Accident on October 8, 2019 - The Seattle City Police reported a deadly accident involving two vehicles, including an Old Dominion Freight Line Tractor-trailer. The incident occurred on a divided two-way road (Airport Way) in Seattle, Washington. The accident resulted in one fatality.
- Accident on November 5, 2019 - The Georgia State Police reported an accident involving an Old Dominion freight line tractor-trailer rolling over and hitting a fixed object before colliding with a parked motor vehicle. The incident occurred on Interstate 20 near mile marker 39 in Georgia. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Crash on December 15, 2019 - The Local Law Enforcement reported an accident involving a company-owned semi-tractor-trailer colliding with two other vehicles on a divided two-way road on Route 58 in Virginia, which resulted in one injury.
- Collision on December 28, 2019 - The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a three-vehicle crash that occurred on a undivided two-way road on Interstate 35 in Olathe, Kansas. The accident caused one injury.
- Accident on October 30, 2019 - The San Diego City Police reported a two-vehicle crash on Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood St. in San Diego, CA. The accident involved an Old Dominion freight line semi-tractor-trailer colliding with a new motor vehicle. The accident resulted in three injuries.
- Crash on December 19, 2019 - The Alabama Department of Public Safety reported an accident involving an Old Dominion tractor-trailer crashing into another vehicle and a movable object on a divided two-way road (Interstate 20) in rural Talladega, Alabama. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Accident on November 21, 2019 - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported an accident involving an Old Dominion freight line tractor-trailer colliding with another vehicle on Interstate 81 in East Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, during daylight hours on a dry road surface. The incident resulted in one injury.
Common Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed many of the common causes associated with large commercial vehicles in the United States that include:
- Aggressive Behavior - Aggressively operating a vehicle could result in wrongful death or severe injuries of innocent passengers and motorists.
- Distracted Driving - Trucker should avoid the trappings of driving over an extended time, like talking on their mobile device or sending text messages, which could lead to distracted driving.
- Driving Impaired - It is illegal to consume too much alcohol or use illicit drugs while operating a motor vehicle. This reckless behavior could create a dangerous or life-threatening scenario.
- Drowsy Driving - Maintaining tight schedules often means the trucker must drive for hours on end, which can lead to fatigue and drowsy driving.
Sometimes, the commercial trucker is found to be responsible for causing an accident because of their erratic movements because they are tired, fatigued, or meeting the demands of the tight schedule. In these cases, attorneys working on behalf of their clients can obtain monetary recovery because they were able to prove to the claim's adjuster or jury that the trucker and trucking company failed to maintain a safe environment for everyone on the road.
Filing a Claim for Compensation for Personal Injury or Wrongful Death
Any individual that suffered injuries in a collision with a cargo van, semi-tractor-trailer, a commercial truck can file a lawsuit or claim and seek monetary recovery from all individuals and companies responsible for the horrific event. To ensure success, the victim must abide by Illinois tort laws when presenting a case for compensation. The process can be complicated. Typically, injured parties have the right to file a lawsuit to litigate their to a judge or file a claim and negotiate an acceptable settlement with the insurance company to ensure that all responsible parties at fault pay damages.
Filing a truck accident claim for compensation ensures that the victim can receive economic recovery for their damages it, including:
- Hospital expenses, medical bills, and the cost of treatment and rehabilitation
- Loss of past wages due to time away from work: Lost earnings (diminished current and future earnings)
- Car rental while your vehicle is under repair
- The cost of replacement of your total car or truck
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
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